The extension could pave the way to substantial changes in Vermont’s health care reform efforts.
As Vermont enters the fifth year of an ambitious plan to transform its health care, federal regulators say they won’t penalize the state for missing its enrollment goals.
The all-payer system is meant to shift the way health care is paid for. After four years, only 2% of Vermonters’ health care spending is covered by the fixed monthly payments.
The Agency of Human Services has proposed extensive changes in every part of Vermont’s health care bureaucracy.
The governor made a narrow statement about savings from the state’s health care reform efforts. Without additional context, the statement was misleading.
Insurance companies are banking on self-funded insurance groups joining the accountable care effort. Vermont’s biggest unions say not so fast.
The company, which is supposed to save the health care system money, has posted losses.
Vermont has been talking for almost two years about developing a plan to import prescription drugs from Canada, which is just now weighing in.
Gov. Scott was quick to give credit to the president for his latest plan to push down drug prices. The Senate leader remained circumspect.
State numbers say enrollment in Vermont’s individual insurance market rose slightly for 2019. Enrollment for small employers shrunk due to the expansion of association health plans.
One idea is to use ‘age rating’ to lower premiums for young people while allowing insurers to charge older customers more. Officials also are considering a new insurance products with lower fees paid to health care providers.